Franz Anton Mesmer

Franz Anton Mesmer

Birth
Germany
Death 15 Mar 1815 (aged 80)
Switzerland
Burial Meersburg, Bodenseekreis, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Memorial ID 49742251 · View Source
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Physician, Astrologist. Born Freiderich Anton Mesmer, he was the German physician, who invented and believed in the healing powers of an unknown physical property he called animal magnetism. Born Freiderich Anton Mesmer, his name is the root of the English verb "Mesmerize" and his ideas and practices led Scottish surgeon James Baird to develop hypnosis in 1842. He enjoyed a popular following and claimed to be able to channel magnetic powers in order to cure a variety of ailments, which he did for public display. Pressured by the medical establishment to leave Vienna, he found favor in Paris at the end of the 1770s. Eventually his practices came under scrutiny and a panel of scientists, including Ben Franklin, concluded in 1784 that there was no scientific basis for his theories. Discredited, he left France in 1791 and eventually settled in Switzerland, where he died mysteriously.


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  • Created by: Matt Clevinger
  • Added: 15 Mar 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial 49742251
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Franz Anton Mesmer (23 May 1734–15 Mar 1815), Find a Grave Memorial no. 49742251, citing Meersburger Friedhof, Meersburg, Bodenseekreis, Baden-Württemberg, Germany ; Maintained by Matt Clevinger (contributor 46598068) .